While I'm as optimistic as the next guy regarding our prospects and farm system, they are just that. Bigger prospects and more touted ones have failed to blossom and they aren't in the bigs yet.
Edit: as for the quote, PDB hates Swedes. We all know that.
These guys aren't the types to completely fall off the map, they will play in the NHL in some role. Both are big mobile, physical defenders that excel on the PK. Severson is Salvador type physical while Santini is more in the Stevens mold.
How many times have you seen a quote like this out of PD.
“I though Jon played a hell of a game,” DeBoer said. “We’ll go over some teaching points with him as we go forward, but I thought he gave us a great game tonight. He was very reliable, safe, moved pucks, created some offense. I thought he was very good.”
He did all this on his offside as a first year pro. This kid will be better than Larsson if he isn't already.
Let's not go super-bananas over our sudden depth at D and do something silly like, oh, trade the one who's probably the best of the bunch. You have Gelinas who has had a good few months, Merrill has had 2-3 good games and the rest? Albany and junior players.
But hey let's trade Jagr too because we've got Boucher looking good in the minors.
These prospects are not just junior players, one is among the top defensmen in the CHL and almost certain to play a large role for Team Canada and the other could be the best defensmen on team USA at the age of 18. If Larsson can get us a top line player for the next 8 years then yes I would trade him.